From helping bring new babies into the world to reviving patients in the ER, nurses work in every corner of the medical profession, caring for people at every stage of life.

About this program

98%


Success Rate

A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2015 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)

+26%


Above the national average

School of Nursing students have a 26% higher satisfaction rate with their intellectual growth at Quinnipiac compared to national programs

Program Overview

Nurses assess health problems, develop plans for patient care and educate patients on disease prevention. With an expected shortfall of 1 million nurses by 2020, and nurses absorbing more responsibilities, career opportunities have never been greater. Nurses are in demand not only in medical offices, on surgical teams and in assisted-living centers, but also in new and growing fields, such as nursing informatics, which involves using patient data to improve the quality of care. 

You’ll experience diverse health care settings working with over 300 clinical affiliates in hospitals, clinics, schools, private practices and home health agencies. Through our study abroad trips designed for graduate and undergraduate students, you’ll work with other health disciplines to increase your awareness of international health issues.

Our program prepares you to be an integral member of the health care team and a transformational leader in the field. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and expertise to advance your education with a master’s or doctor of nursing practice degree.

Teaching restraint

Donna Diaz. of the School of Nursing, teaches Quinnipiac University nursing and physical therapy students about patient restraints. The class took place in the simulation lab in the School of Nursing on the North Haven campus.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Nursing Curriculum1

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
CHE 106
& 106L
Chemical Principles with Biological Applications
and Chemical Principles with Biological Applications Lab
4
UC Social Science I 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC Fine Arts 3
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
UC Social Science II 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
4
NUR 304 Health Promotion and Wellness 3
UC Humanities I 3
UC Elective 6
 Credits16
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
BMS 213 Microbiology and Pathology 3
BMS 213L Microbiology and Pathology Lab 1
UC Humanities II 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits14
Junior
Fall Semester
NUR 300 Core Concepts in Nursing 3
NUR 302 Nursing Science and Information Literacy 3
NUR 306 Health Assessment 3
NUR 307 Core Nursing Practicum 2
NUR 330L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab I 2
UC Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
NUR 322 Care of Women, Children and Families 4
NUR 323 Women, Children and Families Practicum 2
NUR 324 Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs I 4
NUR 325 Adult Care Practicum I 2
NUR 326 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy I 2
NUR 340L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab II 2
 Credits16
Senior
Fall Semester
NUR 400 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3
NUR 401 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum 2
NUR 408 Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 2
NUR 424 Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs II 3
NUR 425 Adult Care Practicum II 2
NUR 426 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy II 2
NUR 430L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab III 2
 Credits16
Spring Semester
NUR 428 Community and Public Health Nursing 3
NUR 429 Community and Public Health Nursing Practicum 2
NUR 432 Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing 3
NUR 433 Capstone Practicum 2
NUR 434L Capstone Seminar Lab 1
NUR 440L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab IV 2
UC UC Capstone 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits127
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Note that core undergraduate curriculum and UC courses are under evaluation/revision.

2

MA 107 may be needed based on placement exam score.  If MA 107 is taken, this fulfills the open elective requirement.

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 CHE 106 may be taken in either Fall or Spring freshman year.

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Registration for MA 275 requires math placement score of 4 or 5.  MA 206 may be taken in substitution with advisor permission.

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 BMS 213 and NUR 304 may be taken in either Fall or Spring sophomore year.

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This is the required curriculum.  Sequence of coursework may vary, with chair approval, based upon student transfer credits, math placement scores, and decision to study abroad. 

The curriculum for the professional component is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience. Initial placement in English and mathematics courses is determined by examination. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275 , MA 206, or its equivalent. Courses must be taken in the semester indicated unless prior approval is obtained from the student’s academic adviser.

Accelerated BSN Program for Second Degree Students

The accelerated BSN program is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, who are interested in pursuing nursing as a second bachelor’s degree. The curriculum builds on the individual’s prior educational preparation, and the degree is completed in one calendar year, starting in August with students concentrating solely on nursing courses.

Accelerated BSN students complete a traditional junior year curriculum in the nursing program and then an intensive senior summer session. The accelerated BSN must be pursued on a full-time basis and consists of one full calendar year.

Admission requirements include graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and completion of prerequisite course work. All prerequisite courses must be taken within the last five years with a grade of C or better; and must be completed prior to entering the accelerated track. Transfer credit is evaluated according to University policy. A criminal background check and drug screening is required prior to attending the mandatory orientation. Incoming and current students will be advised that final acceptance and continuation is dependent on a successful background investigation and clearance.  The application deadline is January 2; decision letters are sent during the month of March.  Applicant information is available on the Quinnipiac website. The BSN degree under this track is 127 credits, including: prerequisites, general education requirements and nursing courses, which are distributed as follows:

Course List
Nursing Course Prerequisites:15
Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
Microbiology with lab
Statistics
General Education Courses51
Total Nursing Credits61
Total Credits127

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® examination, and qualify for entry-level nursing positions or graduate study. Those students contemplating applying for graduate study in nursing at Quinnipiac should refer to the Graduate Studies section of the catalog.

Accreditation

Quinnipiac's bachelor's degree in nursing offers theoretical and clinical education as well as preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The BSN program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Quinnipiac's nursing program is also endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation.

Graduates are eligible to take a national exam to become Board Certified as a Holistic Nurse.